Chris Andrews announced he would step down after five seasons as Dallastown's boys' lacrosse coach during his team's postseason banquet Wednesday night. Andrews has been the school's only coach since the sport moved from club status to varsity.
"It was just time. I'm coaching two sports now, and it was just the right time to make some changes," Andrews said. "I wanted to spend more time with my family, mostly personal reasons."
Andrews also has worked as a coach in the Dallastown football program for more than 20 seasons.
"Nowadays, sports are a yearlong thing," said Andrews, who acknowledged offseason and preseason workouts have begun to almost overlap -- as he shifted from football to winter lacrosse to spring lacrosse to football offseason workouts.
Andrews' lacrosse teams compiled a 61-29 since 2009, including a league division title and league tournament title in 2012.
"That was a great run for us," Andrews said. "I believe most of the boys would say the highlight was winning the school's first district playoff game and beating Hershey when they came to our field ranked as the No. 1 team in the district."
Andrews did not know who might be a leading candidate to replace him.
"It's a tremendous loss for our program," Dallastown athletic director Tory Harvey said.
The loss of Andrews is the latest in a string of coaching vacancies either open or expected to be open in the near future. The school will have at least four varsity coaching vacancies to fill, as well as a junior varsity girls' basketball coaching position to fill.
Wildcats wrestling coach Matt Striebig resigned at the end of the winter season, creating an opening for a program that has had some of the best stability in the league. The school has had just three head coaches since 1970. Bill Bence coached the team until 1989, winning 17 league titles. Dallastown graduate Dave Gable returned to his alma mater to serve as the head coach for 20 seasons. Striebig, a longtime Gable assistant, stepped into the head coaching spot for the 2009-10 season and stayed for four seasons. Striebig's teams went a combined 33-14.
Baseball coach Don Trout was replaced in April on an interim basis by Jack Markey and assistant Casey Markey. Harvey said he "could not comment" on Trout's departure.
Once the spring season concludes, Harvey expects the baseball coaching position to be open -- a school policy for interim coaching positions.
The school is advertising for a girls' soccer coach to replace Barry Barbush. Barbush had coached Dallastown girls for five seasons, winning five league division titles and four consecutive league tournament titles -- a streak that ended this fall with a loss to Dover in the tournament championship game.
Asked about Barbush's departure, Harvey replied: "I'm not allowed to comment."
A message left for Barbush on Thursday evening was not immediately returned.